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The Father of the Modern Brassica: Dr. Jack Brown and his Mighty Mustard® Cover Crop

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  • David Bernal Sep 8, 2020

    Winnie,

    I would suggest doing the same thing to your raised beds as my wife and I will do with ours in a few weeks. We will be sowing our raised beds with the Garden Cover Crop Seed Mix, which is a blend of 9 different varieties of cover crops including both yellow mustard and triticale. The benefit of this 9-variety mixture is that it features a crop to take care of just about anything in your soil. The mix features multiple crops with deep taproots and fibrous roots to loosen soils, improve tilth and drainage, while also suppressing weed development. Many are allelopathic, meaning they emit chemicals that slow and repel the germination of immediately competing seeds (weeds). If new to fall cover crop gardening, I would definitely recommend trying our cover crop mixture so you may experience the whole spectrum of benefits in next season’s soil.


  • David Bernal Sep 8, 2020

    Jennifer,

    If feeding large-scale livestock, I would have to take Dr. Jack Brown’s recommendation for creating a balanced high protein and high fiber diet of 50/50 Triticale and Mustard. However, as you specifically mentioned microgreens, are the animals you are looking to feed small, perhaps household pets?

    If so, various cereal grains and grasses like triticale, rye, wheat, and barley are all similar microgreens popularly included in our Pet Grass Kits, proven to be a healthy snacking option for cats and dogs in tandem with mustard, broccoli, and chia microgreens. And microgreens, especially mustard, change flavor as they mature into a mature plant. I’ve noticed personally with my dog that she knows immediately whether she likes the taste of a particular microgreens variety or not. But the joy of microgreens as opposed to mature plants is that they’re brimming with nutrients and vitamins, so there is no bad combination.


  • David Bernal Sep 8, 2020

    Hi there friends! Thanks for your questions regarding Mighty Mustard as used in smaller gardening. Bonnie, you are absolutely correct about it being an invasive crop if not maintained in smaller home gardens. In fact, there many vegetable and ornamental seeds sold that are classified as Invasive by the USDA such as periwinkle, cress, wisteria, and Forget-Me-Not to name a few. However, in regards with mustard grown as a seasonal cover crop, cover crops are always advised to be mowed down before the crop goes to seed (roughly at about 50% bloom). With Mighty Mustard specifically, the crop is ready to be mowed in roughly 35-40 days, plenty of time before the threat of reseeding. This can be difficult for some growers since it goes against instinct to chop down a crop before the blooms are even appreciated. But cover crops are grown specifically to replenish and fortify soils, not necessarily for visual splendor. Hope this helps!


  • winnie taney Sep 6, 2020

    I also like to know the best cover crop for my raised beds. My problems: pests and weeds.
    thank you!


  • Jennifer Sep 6, 2020

    What would be the best combination of grain and mustard to grow as an microgreen animal feed?
    What of your seeds would you re ommend that I purchase.


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